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Delhi govt joins chorus demanding cancellation of CBSE 2020 Board Exams

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) plans to hold the pending exams of Class 12th and 10th from July 01, 2020

Thursday June 18, 2020 6:05 AM, ummid.com News Network

CBSE 2020 Board Exam News

CBSE 2020 Board Exam: Amidst growing chorus demanding cancellation of CBSE Class Xth and XIIth 2020 board exams, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia Wednesday said holding the exams under the present Corona situation was impossible.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) plans to hold the pending exams of Class 12th and 10th from July 01, 2020.

The CBSE had earlier cancelled the Class 10th pending exams for all places except Northeast Delhi. The Class 12th exams however have been planned across India.

'A High-stakes exam'

"The board exams, especially for Class 12th, are a high stakes exam for students. Hence, subjecting them to take this exam in such an uncertain and anxiety-prone situation would not be fair to them,” Manish Sisodia said in a letter written to HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.

Manish Sisodia also said that school and college premises are being used for various other purposes to contain the spread of novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). "Against this backdrop, it will be next to impossible to use these premises as exam centres", he said.

'Not the first time'

This is not the first time when Sisodia has demanded cancellation of Class 10 and 12 CBSE board exams in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. On April 28, he had suggested promoting the Class 10 and 12 students on the basis of their internal exam performance.

Sisodia made the suggestion during a video conference hosted by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal with state Education Ministers.

Petition in SC

Manish Sisodia wrote to Pokhriyal at a time when a group of parents have approached the Supreme Court of India with a similar demand.

On Wednesday during the hearing on a petition filed by the parents, the Supreme Court of India asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to consider the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation and revert by next week.

Criticizing the CBSE decision on the schedule of the examination, the petitioners argued that it demonstrated the extent of a discriminatory and arbitrary conduct of the CBSE in issuing the notification for holding the remaining examination and that too in July, wherein as per the AIIMS data, the COVID-19 pandemic would be at its peak.

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